31. 12. 2011

I broke my Best of 2011 products into 4 different posts, so I thought I would compile them all into one wrap-up post.

Powder Blush

2011 was a big blush year for me. You can read about all of my favorites and see swatches here.

Face Products

It was a year of trial and error, and try again for face products. You can see which ones ended up at the top here.

Eye Products

I fell in love with several different formulas this year. I used plenty of neutrals, but also added pops of color here and there. Check out my favorites and swatches here.

Lips & Nails

I really loved lipstick and lipgloss hybrids this year, in addition to bright bold hues. My nails were ever-changing but I managed to select a few that stood out from the rest, and you can see swatches here.

I can’t possibly name ALL of my favorite blogs this year. I loved so many I simply cannot choose. If you want to know what blogs I read regularly, check out my “Link Love” tab, it’s what I use to check out blogs daily instead of Google Friend Connect or other services. :) I want to say a special thank you to those girls who have named me as a favorite blog of theirs this year. I am honored and flattered!

I had some random favorites this year as well:

Thank you all for making 2011 so unbelievably awesome, and here is to all the wonderful things waiting for us in 2012! Cheers!

 

2011 was the year of glossy lips for me, but not so much with lipgloss. I preferred a lipstick-gloss hybrid because this year I decided I didn’t like lipgloss that much anymore. I have gotten much more selective about what formulas I like and won’t touch anything that is too sticky. I also went bolder and brighter than I ever have, thanks in part to several Lipstick Bandits. ;) I also OBSESSED over nail polish this year. It was hard to narrow it down, but I stuck to just the ones I wore a lot.

Shiny lips!

L-R: MAC Sheen Supreme Gotta Dash, 17 Mirror Shine in Peace (UK product), Hourglass Ignite, Revlon Super Lustrous Coral Reef, MAC Viva Glam Cyndi (disc), Tarte LipSurgence Lip luster in Adored*, Burberry Lip Mist Copper

L-R: Revlon Coral Reef, Hourglass Ignite, Tarte Adored, Burberry Copper, MAC Viva Glam Cyndi, 17 Peach, MAC Gotta Dash

I also wore some bright, BRIGHT lipsticks this year:

So bright! L-R: Joe Fresh Fuchsia, MAC Impassioned, MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Neon Orange ( I have to thank Arianne of Glitter Geek because 2 out of the 4 came from her,. Thank you, Lipstick Bandit!)

Swatches L-R: Joe Fresh Fuchsia, MAC Impassioned, MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Neon Orange

I went nail crazy this year and it was *really* hard to pick just a few, but somehow I managed!

L-R: Butter London All Hail the Queen, Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild, Sephora by OPI Go With the Flow-er, OPI A True Ab-Original, OPI Mermaid’s Tears, 10 Moonlight #458 (a brand I found at CVS here in the US), Deborah Lippmann Believe, Orly Rage

Well, that’s it! I was going to do brushes/tools but I just don’t have the wherewithal to do it, maybe in early January of 2012.

What did you wear on you lips and tips the most this year? Was there a particular color you went for more than another?

*Items with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review only*

 

31. 12. 2011

Welcome to my favorites of 2011! I love these posts; I can’t wait to read what everyone else loved this year too! This edition is all about eyes.

Some of my most used liners and shadow pencils for the year (clockwise from left):

UD 24-7 liner Stray Dog, MUFE Aqua Liner #14*, Stila Sparkle line Electric, Tarte Amazonian Clay liner in Rich Green, MUFE Aqua Eyes #9L, Inglot Gel Liner #86, Mally Shadow Stick in Champagne, UD 24-7 Shadow Pencil Midnight Cowboy, MAC Fluidline Avenue(LE)

Swatches L-R: Midnight Cowboy, Champagne, Avenue, MUFE#14, Electric, MUFE #9L, Stray Dog, Rich Green, Inglot #86

All of these proved to have excellent lasting power and were budge proof throughout the day, some were even waterproof! :)

Favorite Singles/Duos of 2011 (clockwise from left):

Chanel Fauve, Burberry Midnight Brown, NARS Galapagos, NARS Habanera Duo, Illamasqua Ore, Illamasqua Furore

Swatches L-R: Ore (dry), Furore (dry), Habanera Duo, Galapagos, Fauve, Midnight Brown

I had three favorite palettes of 2011, this is Chanel’s spring 2011 release, Ombres Perlees de Chanel. It is stunning in every possible way. Unfortunately, it was limited edition.

Chanel Ombres Perlees Swatches

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gold PaletteThis wasn’t purchased in 2011 but I brought it on two trips I took and wore it endlessly in January, February and March. It was also limited edition.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gold Swatches

I know the orange-y looking shade looks scary but on the eyes it is so warm and amazing. I bought this palette after seeing Michele1218 do a look with it, you can see that video here.

Ahh, my everyday MAC Palette. I reach for this a lot. I swap the shadows out from time to time as well, but these are the ones I used most regularly.

Top Row L-R: Blanc Type, Nylon, Phloof!

Middle Row L-R: Moleskin (LE), Charcoal Brown, Quarry

Bottom Row L-R: Mystery, Copperplate, Satin Taupe

Swatches L-R: Satin Taupe, Copperplate, Mystery, Quarry, Charcoal Brown, Moleskin, Phloof!, Nylon, Blanc Type

I fell in love with sooo many cream shadows this year and if I had to pick one stand out formula it was Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense. I love every shade I have tried. But, I coudn’t go without mentioning some other stellar creams I used this year (clockwise from left):

Buxom Stay There in Collie, Chanel Mirifique, MAC Soft Ochre, Giorgio Armani #6 Khaki Pulse, Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, no shade name to my knowledge)

Swatches L-R: Mirifique, GA #6 Khaki Pulse, GA #19, Buxom Collie, Soft Ochre

And lastly, the mascaras or lash products I used the heck out of this year:

Givenchy Phenom-eyes False Effet (I have posted about this here) and Lancome Hypnose Drama were top picks for me this year. Both give me volume and length and dark black lashes. Lancome is a bit more dramatic so I usually save that for evening wear. I also loved testing the LashEm Measurable Difference gel* this year. It has made my lashes feel so soft and I have noticeable growth. <3

What were your favorite shadows or lash products this year? Anything strike you as being really, really special? Dish!

*Items marked with ‘*’ were provided by PR for review only*

 

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I thought I would finish up my favorites of 2011 (I did one post on my favorite powder blushes of the year already, here).

These are all of the face/skin products I couldn’t get enough of this year. :) Enjoy!

Skindinavia No More Shine Spray, DDF Moisturizing Dew and The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I used all three of these so much this year. I have oily/combo skin and if you do too, you should really look into these products. They were life-savers!

I am not going to go into these because I have talked about ALL of them before, most several times. For concealers the Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer (medium) worked wonders for the face and I used the Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller under the eyes. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in nude and Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Medium were the two bases I used like crazy. Both are close to being depleted, about 25% left. Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel was my first Chanel product early this year, and it is a divine base or bronzer (can be used either way). I used it this summer to help deepen too light foundations. I adore the smell!

These are the bronzers I reached for the most (clockwise from left):

MAC MSF So Ceylon (disc.), Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1, MAC MSF Give Me Sun,  Dior Aurora (LE), Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Powder in bronze*

Swatches L-R: GA Sheer Bronzer #1, Dior Aurora, Tarte Smooth Operator, MAC So Ceylon, MAC Give Me Sun

Easiest way to fake glowing skin? With these amazing highlighters that I couldn’t stop using this year (clockwise from left):

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow Rose Gold, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous (LE), Benefit Watt’s Up, MAC MSF By Candlelight (LE), Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight

Swatches L-R: Laura Mercier RR, MAC By Candlelight, Lorac Spotlight, Benefit Watt's Up, JK Rose Gold

I already shared my favorite powder blushes, but I didn’t mention my favorite creams, which I can’t go without sharing (clockwise from left):

MAC Joie-de-vivre (disc.), Joe Fresh Melon, Illamasqua Dixie, MUFE HD blush #12

Swatches L-R: MUFE #12, MAC Joie-de-vivre, Illamasqua Dixie, Joe Fresh Melon

That’s it! *whew* stay tuned for Eyes and Lips & Tips next! :) What your favorite face products of 2011? Any of the same ones that I had? Do tell!

29. 12. 2011

I promised I would do a haul post of my birthday goodies, and so…here we are! My birthday was just about two weeks ago (flew right by) and I ended up spoiling myself quite well, indeed. This can also be considered a preview of what’s on the horizon; I hope you enjoy! :)

Ulta had sent out a 20% off coupon sometime in early-mid December, which I used to pick up some bareMinerals goodies I had my eye on. I am very pleased with all of these items so far. I had already tried one of the duos before (the Showstopper duo) and enjoyed it so much I knew I had to try more of the shades.

Zoya had an amazing flash sale and I finally decided to try the Anchor and Armor base and top coats, which I already love. I finally found my dream base and top coat! It made my previous manicure last longer than any other ones I have tried. I plan to buy the full sizes when these run out. It came with a mini of the Hurry Up dry drops and Remove+. I am undecided on both of those so far. I also bought the last two Zoya polishes I had on my wishlist, Charla and Ivanka. I imagine both will be stunning this summer.

Also while at Ulta I found the new Revlon nail polish displays. I picked up Whimsical to compare it to Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air (post coming soon) and a few others.

And, more nail polish. Two shades from the OPI and Nicki Minaj collection and a shade I have had my eye on for a long time, Jade is the New Black. All three are stunning.

And a little bit more of a splurge. My very first taste of Chantecaille. This palette is stunning, I have had it for three weeks and have still managed not to touch it. I really should though, it seems a waste to let it sit there. I also decided on another Burberry shadow, Taupe Brown. My first try of Giorgio Armani blush, this is shade #3, a shimmery peach.

Another first, my very first try of Cle de Peau. This is the Extra Silky lipstick #127 (KarlaSugar has swatches here), and it’s as divine as everyone says. Again, this is a total splurge item and a special occasion purchase because of the very steep price. Full review will be forthcoming.

I have tried the Dior Addict lipstick formula, but this was my first time trying their regular formula. I have three ladies to thank for convincing me I needed this shade (Xiao from Messy Wands, Paris from My Woman Stuff and Larie from Eye Heart It). Incidentally, that’s all the proof you need that the Lipstick Bandits do their job well! ;)

My parents surprised me with a new bag, and I love it! The lavender inside is just gorgeous!

I was stunned when I opened my present! I love my mom and dad! <3

The boy also upped the ante this year with the MK watch I wanted! It’s beautiful, and I have worn it every day. :) This is the gold oversized runway watch.

And finally…

My free gift from Sephora and a Physicians Formula gel eyeliner set (it was 75% off at CVS, I couldn’t resist!)

I hope you enjoyed this haul, and look for these reviews in the near future :)